Representative at United Nations

United Nations

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  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND , MBA/MSc/MA
  • Job Field: NGO/Non-Profit  , Project Management 


  • Within delegated authority, the Representative is responsible for effectively implementing UNODC programmes and activities in Nigeria in support of Member States capacity to effectively deal with crime, drugs and terrorism.  
  • The incumbent will be responsible and accountable for the efficient management of all human, financial and physical resources allocated to the programmes and the office, as well as for ensuring outputs of a high quality standard.    
  • The incumbent is also a member of the relevant United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in the region, under the strategic guidance and coordination of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC), and member of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Regional Team wherever applicable.
  • As a member of the relevant UNCT, and/or of the UNDG Regional Team, the incumbent leads UNODC’s engagement in UN common country and regional planning, programming, funding, monitoring and evaluation activities and to actively contribute to the establishment of the Country Analysis and United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (CA and UNSDCF) and the joint implementation activities, within the Delivering as One (DaO) approach, especially under the 2030 Agenda, wherever relevant.  
  • The incumbent is accountable for keeping the Resident Coordinator, the UNCT, and the UNDG Regional Team appraised of UNODC programme implementation and resources mobilized for programmes/activities, undertaken in the context of the UNSDCF (those led by UNODC).
  • The incumbent will be part of the Mutual Accountability Framework for the UNRC.
  •  As member of the local Security Management Team (SMT) the incumbent supports and advises the local Designated Official (DO) in all security management related matters and is responsible for the implementation of local security management decisions and appropriate security and safety measures and arrangements for all UNODC eligible staff, personnel, eligible family members as well as for UNODC premises and operations in the country, in coordination with the local UNDSS security officials and with advice from the UNODC Field Security Adviser at Headquarters Vienna, as appropriate.  

 In particular, the incumbent will perform the following specific duties:  


  • Provide advice to Governments in the assigned country on the development of regional and national long term capacity-building in drug control and crime prevention, in order to promote adherence to and ensure consistency with the terms of the United Nations conventions, drug control treaties, the Conventions against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and Corruption (UNCAC) and the international instruments to counter terrorism, as well as with the goals and objectives of the 20th Special Session of the General Assembly.  
  • Represent UNODC’s position and interests in the assigned country in several fora, and promote solid partnerships with government authorities, institutions, civil society, regional and international aid agencies, financial institutions, parliamentarians and the media.  
  • Advise and assist the Governments in the assessment of planning, design and management of response policy measures, in particular developing and proposing national as well as regional cooperation strategies.  
  • Promote a better understanding of the importance of drug and crime related matters, encourage increased priority attention to all aspects of prevention and combatting drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism, and advocate the inclusion of these issues in government planning documents as well as in relevant programmes of other bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental organizations.
  • Advise UNODC, UN DCO and UN DPPA senior management on national, regional and continental dynamics and possible policy and operational responses related to political developments, policy shifts, trends and emerging issues pertaining to UNODC’s mandates or resulting from the UN Development System Reform and 2030 Agenda based on close interaction with other UNODC Field Offices, and HQs divisions.
  • Ensure the effective communication of UNODC’s work and its impact in the country and region.  
  • Programme development & Resource Mobilization • Contribute towards UN-wide strategic planning and cooperation in the field, in particular with the UN Development Coordination Office (UN DCO) and the UN Development Group (UNDG). Ensure that drugs/crime related issues are embedded in key UN programmatic instruments such as the Common Country Analysis and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).
  • Formulate programmes of technical assistance for the country, in order to ensure effective technical cooperation facilitated by improved planning.  
  • Explore opportunities to grow the Country Office programme portfolio (and respective components) in line with UNODC strategy and governments requests, increase programme of work, develop proposals and oversee their implementation.
  • Support the DO senior management, in the development of new partnerships for field-based services to Member States and the joint resource mobilization for new activities.
  • Ensure that a resource mobilization strategy remains in place that promotes long-term involvement and financial and in-kind support and resources by governments, international, public and private sector donors to the work of UNODC for the core infrastructure and technical assistance programme of UNODC in the country. Engage in joint resource mobilization efforts with the UNCT and in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNDSDF) budget. • Maintain regular consultations with counterparts and ensure that donor funding agreements are honoured in a timely manner.  

Programme implementation

  • Manage, monitor and evaluate the overall progress of ongoing activities in the country through all available platforms of intervention and coordination, internally as well as externally, in order to ensure the effective project/progamme delivery and use of funds as well as consistency, substantively, technically and financially with the stated objectives.  
  •  In the project cycle management, approve directly project documents in conformity with respective UNODC Management Instructions (MI), intervene when difficulties arise, take remedial actions as required and identify appropriate solutions.  
  • Manage corresponding budget and programme resources.
  •  Lead the Country Office’s work in relation to Enterprise Risk Management.
  • Ensure integrity and timely substantive and financial reporting.
  • Lead team members’ efforts to collect and analyze data and provide insight to identify trends or patterns for data driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensure that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.
  • Ensure integration of human rights and gender system-wide policies in planning and delivery of assistance. • Keep UNODC headquarters informed of the progress being made.  

Office management

  • In accordance with established policies and delegated authority, manage the financial, human and physical resources assigned to the UNODC Country Office in Nigeria under the incumbent’s supervision, ensuring appropriate coverage, guidance and supervision of staff and efficient and effective use of such resources; . •
  • Manage, lead, guide and mentor staff under her/his responsibility. This includes promoting their professional development and creating an inclusive and diverse work environment which fosters civility and respect among colleagues and upholding zero tolerance to harassment, including sexual harassment/exploitation,  discrimination and abuse of authority.
  • As member of the local Security Management Team (SMT), and as outlined in the “Handbook for United Nations Designated Officials for Security”, support and advise the local Designated Official in all security management related matters. The UNODC Representative is accountable to the Secretary General through the UNODC Executive Director.
  • Be responsible for the implementation of local security management decisions taken by the Designated Official and SMT and appropriate security and safety measures and arrangements for UNODC staff, personnel, eligible family members, as well as for all UNODC premises and operations in the region, in coordination with the local UNDSS security officials, and with advice from the UNODC Focal Point for Field Security at Headquarters Vienna, as appropriate.
  • Perform other work-related duties as may be required.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, law, public administration, political or social sciences, international relations or similar field of study related to the UNODC mandates is required.
  • A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degre

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